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@borabo Paul is in charge of the editorial, Adam is now at-large, and you see the results: at the top of the front page now, "where are my pants', this, 'penis app'. That's 3 out of the 4 in the ticker to the right. So much for Speaking Truth to New Power. 

4 months ago on Today in unfortunate juxtapositions: Huffington Post warns of real risk of banning abortions

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Oh, you mean google plans to become an ISP? Impressive reporting. In 2010, Google was the 2nd largest ISP in the world, carried 6.4% of all global internet traffic

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2192988/lan-wan/google-now-second-largest-isp--carries-6-4--of-internet-traffic.html

So maybe they have hope at becoming an ISP soon. They sure seem to have a head start.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Why’s Google aligning itself with hated ISPs? It plans on being one of them

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@SpinyNorman @Umfuld @cedichou Not sure if  I'm included in "you both" but... the fact that NSA domestic surveilllance is a problem is not being disputed. What's disputed is: should the US care what other countries care? 


Paul seems to think that: "we won't let foreigners dictate how we address terrorism" implies "NSA abuse are right." That's his gotcha. It's just pretty disingenuous. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Guess who once told foreigners to shut up about George Bush’s “justified” post-9/11 policies

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You know that there is no contradiction, right? Yes, America will take measures that other countries will disagree with. For instance, spying on citizens from these countries. And yes, America may feel that their objections are irrelevant on these measures. And too, America will take measures that people in America will object to, like spying in American Muslim. And those who don't care about what other countries will say about measures that impact these other countries will stand up to measures that impact American citizens. 


So there's no gotcha there. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Guess who once told foreigners to shut up about George Bush’s “justified” post-9/11 policies

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@JoelM @cedichou @SpinyNorman @cwdraper Movie subsidies are a great example, but as long as Canada is trying to attract the business, there is a loss to the US. But when it's between NJ and PA, no one gains. 


Point #1: there IS an appearance of ethical issue, that can't be debated. Now, is there a crime/corruption, does it break NJ's pay-for-play, that's where you can argue: "maybe/maybe not".


Point #2 is not that retarded: if it's a race to the bottom, there is a cost and they don't come ahead. They come ahead on that one specific deal, but not overall. It's a classic prisoner dilemma. If one of NJ and PA do it, then they come ahead. If both do it, they both lose. If both don't do it, they both win. 

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Christie officials give $82 million subsidy to NBA team whose execs made big campaign contributions

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@JoelM @SpinyNorman @cwdraper While the deal may make sense from a rational point of view, there's the appearance of impropriety with the donations to Christie and the Republican party. If the deal stood on its own from a business point of view, why would they grease the wheels with donations? The author is not looking at this from an ideological standpoint, but from an ethical standpoint. 


Put it this way: your back-of-the-envelope numbers point to the business behind it being good for the sixers and the state of NJ. But state fighting each others is a zero sum game. Not even that, it's a sucker's game.


Yeah, NJ can snatch a few businesses away from PA. Then what next? PA can get a few others to switch the other way back. If both states give subsidies to steal businesses from each others, they just lose the subsidies if the number of businesses moving around is about the same. It's a losers' race.


So the Sixers get a sweet deal from NJ, and then some other business will get a sweet deal from PA to offset this loss. And at the end, who benefits? Clearly the businesses who get the tax breaks. The politicians, who get $$$ donations. But not the tax payers, since what they gain on one business they lose on the other. If the Sixers pay $15M in PA move to NJ and pay $6.5M and some business in NJ pays $15M in NJ and moves to PA and pays $6.5, the only result has been to reduce the tax collection of both states by $8.5M.


And that's why you need to buy the politicians, and that's why this article is not ideological: they know they're reducing tax collection. They know they're hurting the public. That's why they have to "donate" to Christie.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Christie officials give $82 million subsidy to NBA team whose execs made big campaign contributions

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@chipotlecoyote  And the previous time was under the previous Democratic governor, Gray Davis. 

7 months ago on BREAKING: Sources say Toyota fleeing CA, taking 5,000 jobs to more business-friendly Texas

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@dave94302 CAFE was passed because of the oil crisis of the 70s. A carbon tax was not an alternative. Because CAFE was passed as a reaction to increased oil prices... you must be quite the expert politician to believe than "let's increase the cost of gas by adding a carbon tax" would have been a possible solution to an increase to the cost of gas. 


CAFE was designed with a big loophole, that car manufacturers took advantage of, and since then has been closed. How much of a failure is this? 




7 months ago on Ethanol is officially a bust. Can we now get politics out of money, please?

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Pando Daily hopes to win public service Pulitzer for publicly servicing their personal investor, the "thought-provoking and informative" Marc Andreesen who uses (no, disrupts!) Twitter "as much [as] a publishing platform as a communication tool."  



7 months ago on Marc Andreessen on the “smart people fallacy”

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But corn ethanol is not in the fuel to reduce climate change. Where did you get this idea? (Then again, where did I get the idea that pando was doing "reporting," silly me).


The point of adding ethanol to fuel was arguably to reduce oil dependency. The added benefit was to subsidize Republican corn farming states by a Republican administration who pretended to hate subsidies, but only disliked the one they could not grift. You'll find support for the first part of this paragraph in a well hidden place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel_in_the_United_States


Also, CAFE standards did not create the SUVs. US car manufacturers used a loophole in the regulation to sell personal cars as trucks. It could have been fixed quickly enough, except it benefited primarily US car manufacturers. The influence of money is not in the creation of the standard, but in the inaction in terms of fixing it.


7 months ago on Ethanol is officially a bust. Can we now get politics out of money, please?

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@paulcarr @DavePitinga but trolling is all right! Just look at the post these comments pertain to...


Also: TechCrunch did provide the best overview of the culture wars/housing vs. tech crisis in SF while Pando offered ... Bryan Goldberg's "views" on the topic.

7 months, 1 week ago on San Francisco magazine hopes to win public service Pulitzer for publicly servicing Marc Benioff

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@JayDengVC  Yeah, right, except one is approved by the FDA for this treatment and the other is not (because the company don't want to get it approve, as they would have to charge the same price).


So you give vouchers, and people spend it on the $2,000 stuff. They can shop around, of course, but since only genentech makes this drug (and has the patents on it), then they won't get any significantly cheaper price. 


However, because they are individual with vouchers instead of the government footing the bill for millions of medicare patients, then they have zero leverage. So now the $2,000 stuff gets to $5,000.

7 months, 1 week ago on That Medicare doctors’ payment database shows how screwed the US health care system is

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@Cincinnatus3  then how come medicare is much more efficient and cheaper at delivering medicine that the private alternative?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on That Medicare doctors’ payment database shows how screwed the US health care system is

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Worst use of the word "disrupt" in a headline. What airbnb is "disrupting" is the hotel business industry, maybe. But, like uber, it doesn't mean they should avoid regulation or paying the same taxes as their competition. The SF hotel tax serves a valuable purpose http://www.sfgfta.org/ (and it even makes sense that the tourist subsidize the arts that make the city attractive to tourists!) 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Now valued at $10bn, Airbnb decides it no longer has to disrupt hotel taxes

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$39/mo would sure buy you a lot of lego. This does not make any sense. Who spends $500/years on lego?

8 months, 1 week ago on “Netflix for LEGOs” is an awesome idea. But can it scale?

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Ok. So Google Venture did not ask to get their money back, they just asked to get their money back? 


That the money came back from Goldberg's personal bank account or that it came back from the bustle corporate bank account does not make a difference. The headline should be: Google Venture DID pull out from Bustle. It just that Goldberg bought them out to make it look better. 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Sources: Google Ventures did not pull funding from Bustle; Bryan Goldberg bought Google Ventures out

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You know who is another oppressed millionnaire? Pando investor Michael Arrington, who penned this defense of Tom Perkins at TechCrunch: "Whenever a thirty-something year old person [ed: TC Ryan Lawler] is lecturing an eighty something year old person [ed: Tom Perkins], I'd say there's probably a little more nuance than the thirty-something is able to grasp. When older people talk, particularly when they take the time to compose those thoughts, I listen. I don't think that what is happening is like the Holocaust, but I do think that there are politicians in this country who find it useful to encourage and leverage class and racial division. That never ends well, even if it rarely ends in anything remotely resembling genocide."


In short: Tom Perkins is right, he just used a poor choice of words.  

10 months ago on Disingenuous Basterds: The oligarchs’ long campaign to depict their critics as Nazis

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@JohnnyCWood @bennettc333 Johnny, you seem to forget what the point of the law is. It is to insure the uninsured, even those with pre-exisiting conditions. ACA achieves this goal. It's not a half measure. It's not a flawed product. How it does it, be it a compromise to ensure 60 votes in the senate, or single payer, is not really relevant. David is just trying to play "gotcha".


10 months, 1 week ago on The inside story of how Obamacare became an insurance-industry bailout

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Sure. Obama hated single payer. He could have advocated for single-payer, and lost the vote of a few senators  in the process, but what's a few votes here and there when the law passed with a margin of .... exactly zero votes. They needed 60 in the Senate, they had 60.


This is silly Obama bashing.

10 months, 1 week ago on The inside story of how Obamacare became an insurance-industry bailout

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I'm not sure what is there to argue here. HawkEye is not 100% accurate, sure. But what is? Before HawkEye, there were line judges, who are even more unreliable. Yet, you have to make a decision. You cannot say: this shot is in, with a 90% probability, so we'll award 90% of the point value to Nadal and 10% to Federer. The only relevant questions are: do you make the fewest possible errors so as to keep the game honest and fair for both players? And: is the available system good enough that players accept its outcome as unbiased?


To put this in perspective: Players challenge roughly on 3% of the shots (and win 1 in 4 challenges). Now, if the accuracy of HawkEye is 90%, this means than on .3% of the shots, there is a wrong call. There is less than 100 points in a tennis set. Less than 300 points in most tennis matches. So it means less than 1 point wrongly attributed per game. And guess what? Less than one point is all that's needed! 




11 months ago on Out! Goal! The ball was in! But could Hawk-Eye get it wrong?

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Not sure that a start-up who wants to disrupt newsmedia should adhere to traditional journalistic standards, but 13 paragraphs to get to the object of your attention?

11 months ago on Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s phony, hypocritical class war against tech workers

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Ok. So the answer to the housing crisis is for google to stop running shuttles. Because it will force people to move to Mountain View. 


Mountain View: population 75,000. Google headcount in Mountain View: about 20,000. With significant others and family, maybe 40,000 people. Yeah, that's going to work.


The commute on caltrain is going to be fun if you remove the 150 bus trips Google serves from SF to MV. It's already standing room from Mountain View on Giants game day. Let's add a thousand people to a system that operates at 130% capacity (true!) on certain trains during peak hours, wheee!

11 months, 1 week ago on BREAKING: Protesters attack Google bus in West Oakland, smashing window

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"famous celebrities"? Seems a tad redundant. And who is Josh Groban?

11 months, 1 week ago on Even Josh Groban has an issue with Uber’s surge pricing

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Saying that Bezos strategy "exasperates Wall Street" is just false. Here's wall street's reaction to Bezos's plans:

https://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:AMZN

No one is freaking out there.

11 months, 1 week ago on The problem with Uber’s surge pricing isn’t the money. It’s an increasing lack of trust

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@paulcarr @cedichou @youflavio Uh. We are commenting on this article. I don't give a shit about the business of NSFWCORP. It failed, it's dead. What articles you cross posted on pando didn't really interest me.  But shifting goal posts, aren't you?


12 months ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting

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@paulcarr @cedichou @youflavio You don't see anyone calling it a win? Oh, you didn't read the article you're commenting to? Let me help you: it's right above. No, higher. See? "fantastic" "exciting" "double down" , etc, etc.... anyway, it's so much spin it's funny. Not as funny as: "we didn't fail, we under-succeeded" which is the euphemism of the year, I'll grant that to you.



12 months ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting

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@paulcarr @youflavio @cedichou Paul, you make me laugh. Let's face it: no one wanted to buy that can of coke, and not enough wanted to drink from it. There's no reason to buy it, since the potential drinkers for this can of coke are already drinking pandocola koolaid. 

So a shrewd, unbiased business person interested in doing more long form journalism would just wait for the rusty can to be tossed out by the curb and then hire its writers without giving out anything. Or the shrewed, unbiased business person interested in doing more long form could buy it for next to nothing, term it an acquisition, help out a buddy (his start-up ended up in an acquisition, that's an EXIT!), and get the same results. Said buddy then goes all rightous in comment forms about how-dare-you-not-calling-it-an-acquisition. 

12 months ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting

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@paulcarr @youflavio @cedichou I'm not debating it was an acquisition. Anything can be bought. I'm just amused at the spin: of course both readerships have a lot in common, NSFW has been incestuously promoted here. 

Which by the way is a reason NOT to acquire for Pando (or a clear admission this is not a business deal, but a face saving move): there are no new readers to be gained... 

12 months ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting

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"And — FWIW– in a recent reader survey NSFWCORP readers cited Pando as the other publication they regularly read most." which only means that, outside of the free advertising provided by Pando by way of the friendship at the top, NSFW failed to attract any readers. 

12 months ago on PandoDaily acquires NSFWCORP to double down on investigative reporting

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@vFunct Oh boy... so parity is not enough! 

You will only be convinced that women can do crypto when I'll rewrite the past and give you a list of those who were at Bletchley Park (which you can't even spell correctly). Most likely that won't convince you and you'll ask for the women nuclear scientists at the court of Louis XIV.

That's not mansplaining, that's just stoopidsplaining.


1 year, 3 months ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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@vFunct @atester "I don't know a single woman that can do cryptographic quality advanced mathematics." This says more about you than about women in STEM.

1 year, 3 months ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com

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This is an important, under-emphasized point: the people tasked with hiring don't know what they're doing (myself including, even though at all my jobs I've been asked to interview my prospective team members). Whether you like the person is important (you'll have to work with her/him) but most time there's no way to find potential problems ahead of time.

I have done a bit of research (mostly on how to be a better candidate, so prepare myself as to what to expect) and I realize that in most interviews, I should expect a 'bad interviewer', that is someone who wants to chat for 30mn but won't ask tough questions. On the other hand, if you turn the table and ask tough questions, you find that most candidates (that I see; for high tech jobs) are woefully under-prepared. Being a "good interviewer" will make the candidates look really bad. You ask them about how they relate with managements and you get blank looks. 

1 year, 3 months ago on How to avoid voodoo hiring

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So I read Nuzzi's pieces at NSFW, because that's what Paul is gloating about here (and because it's free): the reason he founded NSFW, the Future of Journalism, the pride about his team: 

Olivia wrote about Weiner calling her (one of twenty interns he hardly ever hung out with) Monica. No, not Olivia, Monica. Twice. 

"If NSFWCORP is lucky enough to survive into adolescence, and if I’m ever asked on some panel or other why I founded the company, this is the week I’m going to think back to."


1 year, 3 months ago on Weiner’s campaign called one of my writers a “slutbag.” How was your day?

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But who's going to fact check the fact checkers? Bruni's piece is wrong, granted. But accusing Morgan of shaping the narrative, and bullying Nuzzi in the media is as wrong. 

The facts are: Nuzzi worked for Weiner's campaign, then went around and wrote some critical pieces for NSFW (a site founded by Sarah's friend Paul Carr). That landed her on the cover of a NY tabloid. When TPM contacted Morgan, she unleashed a stream of insults, then later claimed she didn't know she was on record. It's pretty fair to believe her, because no one would say slut bag on record and she had grounds to react emotionally to a disloyal former colleague.


1 year, 3 months ago on Olivia Nuzzi won’t defend herself against the latest lies, so allow me

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If The Future of Journalism is ... disgruntled employees of a disgraced congressman's campaign calling each other names, then take Journalism behind the shack and shoot it. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Weiner’s campaign called one of my writers a “slutbag.” How was your day?

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@mengwu @DadeSokoloff I'm not sure what you mean by "consistency" here. If you are in an area that is further away, it will take time for any car (cab, or limo) to get to you. 45mn it will be. 

Knowing that the fare is legit and/or that the cab is taking you for a ride: you don't have google map on your phone? 

Reviewing cab driver: you do it already, it's called tipping.

Will the cab show up on Fri/Sat night? Uber will show up, because they'll charge you double the regular price (which is already higher than the cab). So "consistency" here really means: paying for what you get. If you're wllling to pay more, you'll get better service. But that's a complementary value propostion, not something you want to 'eradicate' cabs for. 

If Lyft is an actual ride sharing mechanism, then it can't offer that consistency. If it's a gypsy cab disguised with a pink mustache, then maybe it can..

1 year, 5 months ago on Together, we can eradicate taxis…

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@mengwu @cedichou Nobody is forcing anyone to take a cab. People get drunk because they are human. And nobody is forcing you to take care of them: they just hail a cab and go home. 

I do hope cabs have some way of making the person who pukes pay for some of the damage he creates. But I would expect it to be rather complex. When you puke on the carpet of your hotel room, they can charge it to your credit card. But the cab does not take a deposit. Maybe they should. 

But again, that's a different debate. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Together, we can eradicate taxis…

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@mengwu @cedichou Of course they are a necessity and a social good. It's nice to have DD or friends to pick you up, but you may not stick to the original plan, hang out with someone else and  do you really want to phone your friends at 2am because you're too drunk to drive home? If you can do that regularly, you have VERY good friends. 

But my point was: a drunk guy puked in Goldberg's cab, and that inconvenienced poor Goldberg. Well, it can happen in a limo as well. If the service you are giving is bringing people home at the end of the night, it will happen. It might be that in a higher margin service (limo vs taxi) you can forfeit the income if you have to take the car out of service to be cleaned and scented. But the reason why you get better service is not because you need to "disrupt" (or "eradicate") the cab industry, it's just that you are in a higher margin business.

I fully agree with your point on public transit, but that's a different debate.

1 year, 5 months ago on Together, we can eradicate taxis…

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Nothing of substance has been cut? In what world do you leave? In the city, the SFUSD had to cut drastically many services (class reduction, furlough days, school buses). Of course, most of the cuts has been on the back of poor people, so an entitled twit like you wouldn't have noticed.

An elementary school student would tell you why the "bad" on your list is bad. Maybe you should attend elementary school again. The bad on the list is bad because it's underfunded. California spends fewer on those elementary schools than 35 other states. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/21/4579408/california-falls-to-35th-in-nation.html That's why they're "bad". Because people (like you) find they spend too much in taxes, and don't want to pay enough to fund education.

Roads are bad? It's kinda ironic that you asked your friends in Seattle how good they have it. Ask them to drive to Portland for a laugh. And anyway, the reason roads are bad is: there isn't enough money to pay for road repairs. 

1 year, 5 months ago on California aspires to mediocrity — It’s almost there

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I would never think that "cab drivers have it too good." Yes, they'd like to be paid at the end of the day. Gee, I wonder why? First, the only time you have to wait two weeks to get paid is when you have your last pay check in your hand. Second, most employees don't have to front the expenses. That cab, somebody has to put gas in BEFORE it picks you up. Would you front out of pocket one month of the expenses of running your business? And yes,  most drivers need the cash in hand to pay their own bills.  Some people have enough liquidity to cover two weeks or two months or two years. But cab drivers? They don't exactly look like they have that luxury. 

So somebody picked up a drunk guy in your cab, and the guy puked. Well, at least that drunk guy did not drive home and get in an accident because a cab was available to him. Would it happen in an uber car? I don't see why it could not happen. One of the services that cab and town car provide is to free people from driving for a night out of town. Uber might avoid this through price discrimination, but then let the cabs be! They provide a social good. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Together, we can eradicate taxis…

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@bgoldberg @ioowilly Well, ioowilly does have a point though... if you look at the life expectancy at age 65 (data here: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2011/022.pdf) you'll see that over forty years, it went from 15.2 years to 19.1 years. So it's 3.9 years of added life in retirement, not 15 years. The "retire at 65, die at 70" did not really happen then as it doesn't now.

Also, infant mortality did drop significantly over the forty years, from 25.2/1,000 in 1963 to 7.2 in 1998 [how is that one percentage point???] to 6.5 in 2008. This big drop does not explain all the increase in life expectancy, but there are other opportunities to die young. Car fatalities went from 50,000/year in the 70s to 10,000/year now. Homicide rates are dropping. Etc. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Stop bitching about Millennials

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@Shaun Oh, you did not read the article? Or my comment? It was about a police lockdown of an entire neighborhood, which happens extremely rarely. As a matter of fact, I've never seen one myself in San Francisco. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Nextdoor’s unexpected killer use case: Crime and safety

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You know what's fishy? If the killer use case is security, then why do 80% of the menlo park neighborhood use it _before_ being exposed to the police locking out the neighborhood. They were using it for no reason, but now, when a one-in-a-million event happens, it all makes sense? 

1 year, 10 months ago on Nextdoor’s unexpected killer use case: Crime and safety

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There is a big misunderstanding here: a negative result is an acceptable (i.e. publishable) research outcome. There is no need for a specific repository for negative results. Honestly, I don't see how this adds to google scholar, which provides already with a social network for scientists (you can follow specific researchers) and the discovery tools to identify papers of interest ("My updates" tab).


1 year, 10 months ago on ResearchGate wants academics to be successful by admitting when they’ve failed

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